This project serves to open up an accessible way to introduce people to Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterpiece novel, The Brothers Karamazov. Questions around human nature and the problem of evil are enduring and I have found more peace in the works of Dostoevsky than anywhere else. I know, however, that Russian literature and long novels in general are incredibly intimidating, so I chose to follow in the footsteps of Dave Malloy and his work Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 to create an approachable and engaging avenue to consume Dostoevsky in a more palatable fashion. Knowledge of other cultures is incredibly important for a nuanced worldview, and understanding Russian and Eastern European culture in particular is helpful at this time. I hope that my project brings hope and resources to those grappling with the major issues of the problem of evil, human nature, and family through diving into the world of Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Brothers Karamazov.
Dr. Daniel Schafer
Caldwell, Caroline, "I Return My Ticket" (2022). Honors Scholars Collaborative Projects. 86.